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Clear Admit Releases Updated School Snapshots for 2014-2015

Clear Admit School SnapshotsClear Admit is excited to announce the release of our 2014-2015 School SnapshotsFREE overviews of 27 of the world’s top MBA programs packed with essential information to help early bird applicants learn about their target schools. Since first released in 2012, MBA hopefuls have downloaded tens of thousands of Clear Admit Snapshots as a critical “first step” in their MBA application journeys.

The Snapshots provide objective, concise information on each program’s faculty, curriculum, campus life, job placement statistics, admissions procedures and more. MBA applicants who downloaded Snapshots over the past year agree that these are the ideal resources to consult before delving into deeper school research. “I see these [Clear Admit] products becoming the ‘Go To Guide’ for each and every applicant,” one prospective MBA student wrote. “Snapshots cover all, and I literally mean ALL basic information you would like to know about an MBA program.”

The third editions of the School Snapshots join the ranks of Clear Admit’s other critically acclaimed publications, including the more extensive School Guides, Interview Guides, and School Selection Guides, as well as our Strategy Guides, which provide step-by-step guidance through the application process.  School Snapshots updated for 2014-2015 are now available for free download in the Clear Admit Shop.  Here is a complete list of titles in the Clear Admit School Snapshot series:

Chicago Booth School of Business
Columbia Business School
Darden School of Business
Fuqua School of Business
Haas School of Business
Harvard Business School
IESE Business School
Indian School of Business
Judge Business School
Kellogg School of Management
Kenan-Flagler Business School
London Business School
MIT Sloan School of Management
McCombs School of Business
McDonough School of Business
NYU Stern School of Business
Ross School of Business
S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management
Saïd Business School
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tepper School of Business
The Wharton School
Tuck School of Business
UCLA Anderson School of Management
USC Marshall School of Business
Yale School of Management

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Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Second-year Student / On-Campus

I arrived about 15 minutes early and chatted with some of the other interviewees. Everyone was very nice and friendly. We were called into three different rooms in groups of 5 or so, and my group was called last.

We were read the prompt, told our time constraint, and then asked to start. Everyone shared their idea, and then I summarized the key deliverables we were trying to work towards and offered to play the role of timekeeper and offered a general structure for how the time should go. We settled very quickly on our topic, and then spent some time discussing the method of delivery. I think that we did a really good job of incorporating each other’s ideas, and building off everyone. My key role was to try and place some of the more divergent ideas into a larger framework, ask clarifying questions, and then synthesize. At the end, we decided to present and split up sections of the presentation amongst ourselves. We then asked the students to stand on one side of the room, who had previously been sitting behind us in opposite corners of the room, and we stood on the other side.

Afterwards, we had an individual interview where we were asked to reflect on our experience. For five minutes, the interviewer asked me questions such as -

- Did your behavior reflect how you normally are?
- What is something that your group could have done better?
- What do you want to say to the admissions committee based on this experience?
- Do you have any updates to your application?

And then we spent an additional five minutes on any questions I had.

Overall, a very interesting and positive experience. I’m not sure how it would be for someone who was less comfortable jumping into the fray, and I think its also highly dependent on group composition.Interview

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Kellogg MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 3 / Alumnus / Off-campus

The interview was in a coffee shop with a recent alumnus who apparently conducts many interviews in the Washington D.C. area.
She followed very closely to a set of questions she was given, starting off with walking her through my resume. She had also not seen my application at all.

She also asked:

1) What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
2) What’s a difficult obstacle you had to overcome as part of a team?Interview

3) When did you creatively solve a problem?

4) What’s a difficult task you don’t enjoy doing?
5) What kind of leaders do you like to work with?
6) Why MBA?
7) Why Kellogg?
8) Short-term and long-term career goals?
9) Does your GPA or GMAT score reflect your academic performance?
10) What unique contributions would you have to Kellogg?

I think I lucked out because she was friendlier and seemed like a pretty positive person.

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UVA’s Darden School of Business Dean to Return to Faculty at Second Term’s End

bob brunerDean Robert Bruner of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business intends to return to a faculty position when he completes his second term as dean in 2015, the school announced this week. In his almost decade as dean, Bruner is credited with having a transformational impact and helping to significantly propel Darden’s reputation globally.

“Darden is recognized worldwide for student satisfaction and for delivering the best graduate business education experience,” UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan said in a statement. “Bob and his team have achieved this reputation through curricular innovations, the launch of two new formats of the Darden MBA, an unrelenting search for top faculty and student talent, and attention to every detail of the academic experience,” she continued. Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s weekly canvassing of the confabulations of the b-school blogosphere. This week, our class of 2016 continues to ruminate on the experience of the past few months, while current students take some time during spring break to update readers on the whirlwind of activity that is the MBA.


MBAMyWay has a few new developments to report, as staggered school decisions continue to trickle in.  An admit from Ross and waitlist notification from Fuqua gives MBAMyWay an opportunity to reflect on the Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda, but without much regret, since a matriculation at Johnson awaits.  In fact, MBAMyWay has even more great news, with a bump off the waitlist and an admit offer to Yale SOMas well as some great suggestions and ideas as to why the offer came through.  While MBAMyWay is clearly decided on pursuing the MBA at Johnson next year, SarahsMBAJourney is using this time to reflect on what she really wants, and is asking herself three important questions about the MBA in order to help determine the answer to that.

Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to this week’s Twitter Thursdays, our weekly roundup of “tweets” posted by top MBA programs on Twitter. If you want to stay on top of Clear Admit’s updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check us out on Twitter.  We’ve also created a list of MBA programs to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs, as reported by admissions committee members themselves.

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As a b-school dean that headed to D.C. to discuss workplaces for women and working families, the Dean of UCLA / Anderson School of Management, Judy Olian, posted several pics from the White House.  Also along for the trip, the Dean of Berkeley / Haas School of Business, Rich Lyons, posted the questions raised about gender equality in the workplace.  Prior to his trip to D.C., the Dean of UVA / Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, announced his intentions to leave his post and become a professor. The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, posted some pics from the “Go Blue Rendezvous” with MBA candidates and students. Continue reading…

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Deans of Leading Business Schools Descend on the White House

white houseThe deans of more than a dozen leading business schools took leave from their campuses yesterday to head to the White House, where they met with senior advisors preparing for the White House Summit on Working Families. The White House is seeking input from a range of stakeholders to identify best practices to develop workplaces that better meet the needs of women and working families.

“We did not think this goal could be achieved without thinking of the business leaders of tomorrow, and that is why today, we met with a group of deans from our nation’s leading business schools to discuss best practices for business schools that can better prepare their students for the increasing importance of women in the labor force and the prevalence of employees with families where all parents work,” read a post on the White House Blog. Continue reading…

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Stanford Tops Forbes Rankings of Most Satisfied MBA Graduates

stanfordWhen it comes to the satisfaction of its MBA alumni, Stanford Graduate School of Business bests all other business schools, according to Forbes most recent biennial ranking. Forbes evaluated responses from 4,600 graduates from the Class of 2008 to arrive at its top 10 list, polling them on salary and ROI, satisfaction with their education and the preparation it gave them and how happy they are in their current job.

Stanford ranked in the top five among schools across all three categories in the 2013 Forbes survey. Its grads reported higher salaries than any others, with median total compensation of $221,000 five years out of school. Stanford grads also gave the school top scores when asked about their education and how prepared they felt relative to graduates from other MBA programs. As far as job satisfaction, Stanford ranked fourth. But when Forbes averaged the satisfaction scores across all three categories for the 50 U.S. schools with the most responses to the survey, Stanford came out on top overall. Continue reading…

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Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 3 of 3)

hand-with-reflecting-sphere-mc-escher-1935At one point a few years ago, during the height of MBA recruiting season, a senior manager visiting campus for a corporate presentation bemoaned the amount of self-imposed stress that students experience in choosing a full-time employer: “students will spend two years (during business school) agonizing over a job they’re going to keep for less than two years,” he said, and his assessment was not far off.

In its 2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey of MBA graduates from 2000 through 2012, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) found that “63% of the members of the class of 2010 are still working for the same organization” – or, phrased differently, that 37% had left their first post-MBA job within two years of graduation (and in the midst of a very tough job market). My own anecdotal evidence suggests that at some point roughly 4 to 5 years after graduation, finding yourself employed by the same company you joined coming out of business school becomes the exception rather than the norm.

And while there are many variables that influence and reflect MBA employee retention and turnover – GMAC finds, for example, that “switching organizations has a positive impact on salary levels but a negative impact on career momentum” – the simple reality that you should keep in mind as a current or rising MBA is that your next job is almost certainly not your last job, and that part of your task in the MBA career search process is not only to choose an internship and a full-time, post-MBA job, but to begin to plan for and scope out the job after that, and perhaps even beyond. Continue reading…

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As An Applicant, What Do You Consider Your Greatest Strength?

As An Applicant, What Do You Consider Your Greatest Strength?

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Submit an MBA Interview Report from UPenn / Wharton, U. Chicago Booth, Berkeley / Haas, Cornell / Johnson, or UT Austin / McCombs and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome to this week’s Tell Us Tuesday, where we highlight MBA interview reports that have recently been posted to our Interview Archive. Over the past few weeks, we have received interview reports from a variety of schools, including LBSNorthwestern / Kellogg and NYU Stern, so thank you to everyone who submitted! The following is an excerpt from a Round 2 Kellogg applicant’s report submitted earlier this month:

“Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed here. These interview reports were very helpful. I hope this one helps future applicants too. We met at the interviewer’s office. He was all things Kellogg – driven but warm and friendly. I don’t think he’d read my application beforehand.

The questions were :

1. Why Kellogg? I put this in context of what my long-term plans were, why MBA, and finally the school. We spent quite a long time on this question.
2. Talk me through one project where you had to lead. What is your leadership style?
3. Talk me through a challenge you faced on a project.
4. Is the GMAT representative of your intellectual ability? (he mentioned he had no idea what my score was) Continue reading…

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